Despite the rivalry on the tennis court, Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams have always shared a great friendship, manifested on numerous occasions even outside the world of our sport. The two have faced each other eleven times in their careers, with the Odense player coming out as the winner on a single occasion: it is the quarter-finals of Miami 2012, won by the Dane with a double 6-4.
Caroline played her last official match at the Australian Open 2020, where she was defeated in three sets by Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the third match of the tournament. In the penultimate event of her career, Wozniacki took part in the ASB Classic in Auckland in singles and doubles, pairing in this specialty with Serena Williams.
Caroline Wozniacki: "Why didn't we do it before?"
In Auckland, Caroline overtook Paige Hourigan, Lauren Davis and Julia Goerges, before losing in the semifinals to American Jessica Pegula by a score of 6-3 4-6 0-6.
As for the women's doubles tournament, Wozniacki and Serena Williams were able to push themselves to the final, defeated by the doubles formed by Taylor Townsend and Asia Muhammad in two sets. "We had a lot of fun, it was fantastic," Caroline commented in an interview also published by EssentiallySports.
"We said to ourselves: 'But why didn't we do it before?'" Precisely in order to remember their doubles campaign in New Zealand, the former Danish world number one shared on Instagram a photographic memory of twelve months ago, which shows her together with Serena in the act of celebrating entry into the final of the tournament.
Wozniacki’s only career Grand Slam event was the 2018 Australian Open, which he won in the final against Romanian Simona Halep. Caroline also won the WTA Finals of the previous year, beating American legend Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the decisive match.
The young Sofia Kenin, a recent finalist also at the Roland Garros in Paris, holds the latest Melbourne trophy. The greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world. Roger Federer, after he said he will not play the Australian Slam, should come back on the court, for the joy of his fans, at the end of February or at the beginning of March.
The new season has yet to begin but there is already a desire to put a disastrous 2020 behind us from all points of view and start the new year with the first Grand Slam of the year in the hope that the pandemic can slowly regress and bring back the planet to live seriously and also allow the world of sport to perform in front of the general crowd.